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TOWN Kitchen and Bar
7301 SW 57th Court, South Miami, FL 33143.WWW.TOWNKITCHENBAR.COM Friendly “neighborhood joint” in downtown South Miami caters to families and appetites of all sizes with salads, burgers, brick-oven pizza, mussels, certified prime Angus steak. Excellent wine list, lively bar scene. Covered outdoor seating for smokers. Pet friendly. Happy hour: Monday thru Saturday 4:30 - 6:00pm, half price on all alcoholic drinks. Thursday Ladies night: Free Champagne until 7 p.m.

Brasserie Les Halles
2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd. (305) 461-1099 ($$ - V, MC, Amex) French Brasserie A refreshing, unstuffy Paris brasserie in the Gables that caters to appetites of all sizes and to post-theatre suppers with terrific onion soup, a plate of cheeses, assiette de charcutailles (mixed homemade charcuterie), steak and frites and the Les Halles côte de beuf. Good selection of wines. Cigar friendly.

Botticelli's Trattoria
7382 SW 56 Ave. (305) 665-8550 ($$ - V, MC, Amex) Italian Among the more popular dishes at this restaurant is the Pollo Cassis, a chicken breast with raspberries and black currant sauce.

Cacao Restaurant
141 Giralda Ave. (305) 445-1001 ($$$ - V, MC, Amex) Latin American South American cuisine is offered with traditional dishes from Venezuela.Argentina, Peru

Cacciuco
2330 Salzedo St. (305) 567-0800 ($ - V, MC, Amex) Peruvian A Peruvian restaurant that focuses primarily on seafood, Cacciuco features specialities like Shrimp Machu-Picchu and Stuffed Fish with Scallops. Both dishes are complemented by chef Federico Anavitarte's seafood sauce, a spicy bechamel with chiles. Closed Tuesdays.

1909 Café
5710 Bird Road, (305) 666-1909, ($ - V, MC, Amex) Sandwiches Gourmet sandwiches include the Mediterranean, a turkey sandwich with artichoke hearts and a sun-dried tomato spread. Hours: Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. / Sun. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Café Demetrio
300 Alhambra Circle. (305) 448-4949 ($ - V, MC) European Café Gourmet coffee, quiches, salads and sandwiches are served amid a European ambience that is at once cozy and romantic.

Café Vecchia
2120 Salzedo St. (305) 442-8545. ($$ - V, MC) French/Italian Known for an atmosphere of fine dining, the restaurant's specialties include frog legs and its rack of lamb.

Café Vialetto
4019 Le Jeune Rd. (305) 446-5659. ($$$ - V, MC, Amex) Italian dishes are prepared with some creative touches. Among the popular items is the salmon carpaccio with shrimp ceviche

Caffe Abbracci
318 Aragon Ave. (305) 441-0700 ($$$ - V, MC, Amex) Italian Consistently crowded, consistently excellent, thanks to consummate restaurateur Nino Pernetti. This sophisticated dining room features homemade pastas, an excellent veal chop and grilled swordfish plus such exceptional delicacies as goose liver in orange sauce. $$$Specializes in Northern Italian cuisine, including the Veal Chop Tricolore, grilled veal topped with marinated salad.

Café Ibiza
370 San Lorenzo, Village of Merrick Park. (305) 443-8888. ($$ - V, MC) Mediterranean This Mediterranean tapas bar offers calamari, tortillas and fish prepared according to West European and Middle Eastern recipes.

Capisce Ristorante
264 Miracle Mile. . (305) 443-8388. ($ - V, MC) Italian Among the house specialties are the Bocconcini con Porcini, now available only by special request, and the veal marsala, served with pasta.

Carmen the Restaurant
700 Biltmore Way. Closed Mondays. (305) 913-1944, ($$$ - V, MC, Amex)

Nuevo Latino
Chef Carmen Gonzalez creates American cuisine with Latino flavor. Popular dishes include the mofongo, the seabass and the roasted duck tamale with corn and black bean relish.

Caramelo
264 Giralda Ave. (305) 445-8783 ($$$ - V, MC, Amex) New World Chef Willy Hernandez creates his "Latin fusion" flavors, including appetizers such as foie gras caribe (Hudson River duck foie gras with caramelized Granny Smith apples on French toast). This spacious 2,600-square-foot restaurant also has two rooms for private parties and an outdoor café. Hours: Mon.-Fri., Noon to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. / Sat. 6 p.m. to midnight / Sun. 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Castelluccio Ristorante
146 Giralda Ave. (305) 446-3121 ($$ - V, MC, Amex) Italian On the menu are the usual suspects. Main dishes include the carpaccio di bue, a beef carpaccio tossed with arugula, parmesan cheese, olive oil and lime juice.

Chispa
225 Altara Ave. (305) 375-8088 ($$$ - V, MC, Amex) Nuevo Latino Chef/owner Robbin Haas, named one of the best chefs in America by Food and Wine magazine, creates a blend of New Latin flavors, including a guava cheesecake that is a perfect finish to any meal.

Chocolate
2091 Coral Way. (305) 858-9088. ($$$ - V, MC, Amex) Contemporary Argentinian Mini pies stuffed with sausage are just part of the offerings at this Argentine restaurant, which also serves up marinated tongue, salmon in quince sauce and ostrich fillet stuffed with spinach. Desserts include home-made almond ice cream and are accompanied by a fine list of dessert wines.

Coral Bagels
2750 SW 26 Ave. (305) 854-0336 ($ - V, MC, Amex) Deli-style This popular eatery serves lunch and breakfast, preparing cooked-to-order eggs any style, with homemade bagels and spreads.

Christy's
3101 Ponce De Leon Blvd. .(305) 446-1400. ($$$ - V, MC, Amex) Steakhouse A classic steakhouse that has maintained the highest standards for over 25 years. Some patrons never order anything but the excellent prime-aged beef, giant shrimp cocktail and perfect Caesar salad. The surroundings and service remind one of a fine men's club.

Crepes & Company
276 Alhambra Circle. (305) 446-4545 ($$ - V, MC, Amex) Crepes galore This gourmet lunch spot serves up creative dishes that look as good as they taste. Food presentation is an art form here. Among the dishes to try are the pumpkin soup and the warm sandwiches made with ciabatta-like bread. And don't forget the crepes, which range from Moroccan veal crepes to honey-glazed pear.

Dan Marino's
5701 Sunset Dr. (305) 665-1315 ($$- V, MC, Amex) American Bar A popular hang out for shopper and young adults, this mostly oudoor bar offers American comfort food served in a casual atmosphere. Among the signature menu items is the spinach dip with chips. One of several locations

Euro Table
92 Miracle Mile. (305) 442-9915 ($ - V, MC, Amex) Euopean Deli Cafe A slice of Europe where sandwiches are made with freshly baked breads, including croissants and baguettes, and fillings such as French smoked ham and German garlic sausage.

Fleming's Prime Steak House and Wine Bar
2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd. (305) 569-7995. ($$$ - V, MC, Amex) Steakhouse The typical steakhouse prides itself in pairing foods with wines, with over 100 wines by the glass and a vast menu with primarily big sizes of grilled USDA prime beef, and poultry and fish dishes.

Fox's Sherron Inn
6030 S. Dixie Hwy. (305) 661-9201 ($$-V, Amex) American Bar A staple since 1946, this restaurant serves American cuisine ranging from stuffed lobster to frog's legs. Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. / Sun. 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Fritz & Franz's Bierhaus.
60 Merrick Way. (305) 774-1943 ($$ - V, MC, Amex) Austrian Pub With a menu close to that of the old Mozart Stube, this casual eatery features German cuisine and includes live music and a sports bar. It is presided over by owner and chef Harald Neuweg, and the home of numerous music festivals.

Francesco Restaurant
325 Alcazar Ave. Peruvian Specialties include the Riso Nero, a rice dish seasoned with a squid sauce and served with scallops and shrimp.

Gables Diner
2320 Galiano St. (305) 567-0330, ($$ - V, MC, Amex) Diner A lunchtime favorite that's also popular for breakfast meetings, the diner serves traditional American fare in a casual atmosphere.

Gardner's Market
7301 SW 57 Ave. (305) 667-9953 Gourmet Market Looking for lemon grass, mascarpone cheese, poblano peppers, prime meats, unusual wines or a very special gift basket? Gardner's has these and thousands of other specialty items. If they don't have it, they'll try to locate it for you at one of their four locations; South Miami, Pinecrest, Brickell Key, and Ocean Reef.

Gourmet Gourmet
210 Valencia Ave. (305) 443-8664. ($ - V, MC) Chinese The menu includes all the popular Chinese dishes, served in friendly atmosphere.

Heidi's Gasthaus
1674 SW 57 Ave. (305) 265-4689. ($$ - V, MC) German Chef Margit Cooper and apprentice Heidi Jannotti prepare the food at this family-run restaurant, with an extensive selection of German beer and wine. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights

House Of India
22 Merrick Way. (305) 444-2348. ($$ - V, MC, Amex) Indian This restaurant serves leaden Indian dishes, including chicken tandoori, and offers a buffet.

Jake's Bar & Grill
6901 Red Road. (305) 662-8632 ($ - V, MC, Amex) American A wide assortment of American food is served at this neighborhood bar and eatery.

John Martin's
253 Miracle Mile. (305) 445-3777 ($$ - V, MC, Amex) Irish Pub and Restaurant Among the house specialties at this Irish pub is a chicken breast wrapped in bacon strips with mushrooms, herbs and potatoes. There is live music on weekends and plenty of tap beers.

La Casita
112 Giralda Ave. (305) 461-2729 ($ - V, MC, Amex) Cuban You'll find all the typical Cuban favorites here, including chicken with yellow rice, accompanied by live music and known Cuban singers on weekend. The Giralda Avenue location is one of several, including one nearby on SW 8th Street

La Dorada
177 Giralda Ave. (305) 446-2002. ($$$$ - V, MC, Amex, all) Spanish/Mediterranean Fabulous seafood and fish flown-in daily from Spain, baked with tomatoes and herbs or in rock salt, refreshing gazpacho and typical Spanish desserts.

La Estancia Argentina
4425 Ponce de Leon Blvd. 305-445-3933 ($ - V, MC, Amex) This market offers an vast array of Argentine and international gourmet products with an Argentine style menu for casual dining or take-out, as well as the option to choose everything needed to create a complete meal at home, from meats cut-to-order at the butcher shop to fresh baked breads and assorted desserts. La Estancia Argentina also features an extensive wine selection. Catering is available

La Gastronomia
127 Giralda Ave. (305) 448-8599 ($ - V, MC, Amex) Italian A popular hang out specializing in home-made pasta, wood-oven pizza and Mediterranean fish.

La Palma Ristorante & Bar
116 Alhambra Circle (305) 445-8777 ($$$ - V, MC, Amex) Italian Specialties include Lobster La Palma, 1-pound lobster served with pasta and scallops.

La Provence French Bakery
2300 Ponce de Leon Blvd. (305) 476-0530 ($$ - V, MC) French Bakery A wide assortment of freshly baked goods and desserts, crusty baguettes and sandwiches including ham-and-cheese croissants, quiches and fruit tarts

L'épicerie
2301 Galiano Street. (305) 461-4343, Fax: (305) 461-5221. www.lepiceriegourmet.com French Traiteur What used to be Amici's is now a French Gourmet Market with a beautiful array of prepared foods, baked goods and sandwiches, charcuteries, fromages, wines, entrees, appetizers, and pastries, and an eat in or take out indoor/outdoor dining room and valet Parking. Hours: Monday through Saturday 7:30 a.m.to 8 p.m., closed on Sunday.

Los Ranchos
2728 Ponce de Leon Blvd. (305) 446-0050 ($$ - V, MC, Amex) Nicaraguan Known for its churrascos, accompanied by wonderful steak sauces, Los Ranchos has several locations in Miami-Dade.

Mariposa
390 San Lorenzo Ave., Village of Merrick Park. 786-999-1018 ($$ - V, MC) Mediterranean Mariposa offers a variety of dishes in an elegantly casual environment.

Maroosh
223 Valencia Ave. (305) 476-9800 ($$ - V, MC, Amex) Middle Eastern An assortment of fine Mediterranean delicacies, including the restaurant's signature rack of lamb, which is grilled and served with pepper sauce.

Miss Saigon Bistro
148 Giralda Ave. (305) 446-8006 ($$ - V, MC, Amex) Vietnamese No wonder this is a widely popular hang out. The small family owned Vietnamese has fabulous food with a vast choice of summer rolls (shrimp, pork, bean sprouts and mint rolled in rice paper, light and refreshing. rice noodle dishes, and just so spicy fish and meat dishes. .

Miyako
2530 Ponce de Leon Blvd. (305) 443-4992. ($$ - V, MC, Amex) Asian A variety of Asian dishes - including Thai, Korean and Vietnamese cuisine - are presented by servers wearing kimonos and sandals

Norman's
21 Almeria Ave. (305) 446-6767 ($$$$ - V, MC, Amex) New World Chef and cookbook author Norman Van Aken, considered the father of New World cuisine, highlights his creativity at his namesake restaurant, where he creates delicacies such as Rioja-braised lamb shanks, pan stew with lobster and tuna tataki with Vietnamese spring rolls. Hours: Mon.-Thur. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. / Sun. Closed.

Ortanique on the Mile
278 Miracle Mile. (305) 446-7710 ($$$ - V, MC, Amex)

Caribbean
The ambiance of a Jamaican terrace garden lends a tropical backdrop to a variety of seafood ceviches as appetizers. Celeb chef Cindy Hutson's Caribbean flair is apparent throughout, extending to the restaurant's signature dishes, which include pumpkin bisque with pepper sherry sauce and grilled tuna with papaya and mango. Entrées include Caribbean bouillabaisse, jerk pork loin in guava sauce and the chef's signature, dish pan-sautéed grouper with an orange liqueur sauce.

Palme D'Or
1200 Anastasia Ave. at The Biltmore (305) 913-3201 ($$$ - V, MC, Amex) Contemporary French The beautifully appointed Biltmore Hotel's signature restaurant overlooks the hotel's famous pool. Chef Philippe Ruiz's amazing variety of haute cuisine plates are complemented by an award-winning wine list.

Pascal's On Ponce
2611 Ponce De Leon Blvd, (305) 444-2024 ($$$ - V, MC, AMEX) Contemporary French Chef/proprietor Pascal Oudin serves superb cuisine at his charming restaurant and at the bar. Light quenelles, peekytoe crab cakes and braised artichoke hearts are only the beginning. Continue your gastronomy with rack of lamb, tuna steaks, and fricasees. Desserts are sublime.

Peppy's In the Gables
216 Palermo Ave. (305) 448-1240 ($$ - V, MC, Amex) Italian For over a decade, this restaurant has kept its customers happy with a variety of dishes, from traditional pastas to salads to hearty stews and simply cooked, fish and meats. So there's a good reason for them to keep coming back.

Puchetta
160 Giralda Ave. (305) 444-4553 ($$- - V, MC, Amex) Italian With market fresh produce, homemade pastas, and fresh seafood coming in daily, its no surprise that this restaurant stands out amongst Italian restaurants. Sophisticated décor and attentive service.

Randazzo's Little Italy
150 Giralda Ave. (305) 448-7002 ($$ - V, MC, Amex) Italian Former professional boxer Marc Randazzo brings the home-cooked flavors of his Italian-American upbringing to South Florida. Serving some of the best pasta this side of Mulberry Street, Randazzo's exudes the fun and casual atmosphere typical of a neighborhood ristorante. Godfather movies play in the background, which is appropriate since the meatballs are to die for.

Ruth's Chris
2320 Salzedo St., (305) 461-8360 ($$$ - V, MC, Amex) Steakhouse It belongs to a chain, but the service is personal in this typical steakhouse originating in the Mid West with juicy Rib Eye steaks, sizeable sides and 40 oz. Porterhouse for two.

Splendido
121 Alhambra Place. (305) 445-5252 ($$$ - V, MC, Amex) Italian Serves a variety of dishes, from pastas to steaks

Spris PIZZA, PASTA, & VINO
2305 Ponce de Leon Blvd. (305) 444-3388 ($ - V, MC, Amex) Italian Pizza is prepared in the Northern Italian style, specials include the Porcini and Salsiccia.

St. Michel
162 Alcazar Ave. (305) 446-6572 ($$$ - V, MC, Amex) European Located inside the Place St. Michel hotel, the restaurant features piano music and a wonderfully European flair. Popular items include the crab cake and yellow-tail snapper.

Sakura Gables
440 S. Dixie Hwy. (305) 665-7020 ($$ - V, MC, Amex) Modern Japanese Features a namesake to our state, the Florida roll; it contains conch, cucumber, avocado, lettuce and scallion, sprinkled with tiny fish eggs and served in a sweet chili sauce.

Sushi Maki
2334 Ponce de Leon Blvd. (305) 443-1884 ($$ - V, MC, Amex) Japanese Bistro Former Wrapido owners reinvent their concept into a traditional sushi bar with a twist. You can still nosh on a wide selection of cooked and raw rolls, including the "seven seas," with three varieties of whitefish and four types of spices in the pleasingly understated atmosphere, but the unique cooked items sets this restaurant apart from the pack. Portuguese baked prawns, beef asparamaki, and miso-yaki sea bass are appetizers not to be missed.

Tambo
275 Giralda Ave. (305) 476-9025. ($$-V, MC, Amex) This former South Beach establishment, featuring Peruvian and Japanese dishes, opened at the site of the former Meza Art Gallery. Specialties include a variety of ceviches made to order, including the ceviche caribeno. The large selection also includes aji de gallina, a traditional shredded chicken dish in a saffron-tinged cheese sauce spiced up with a bit of chile and cilantro. For dessert, try the tempura bananas. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for lunch / Sun.-Thur. 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. / Fri.-Sat. 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., for dinner.

Tété
1444 SW 8th St. ($$$$ - V, MC, Amex) New World Cuban, Asian, Italian and Mediterranean flavors are fused at this gourmet eatery, which sells the Cuban art hanging on its walls. Try the Asian-style pan-seared sea bass or some of the homemade pasta. Hours: Call for hours. (305) 858-8801.

1200 Restaurant & Courtyard at The Biltmore
1200 Anastasia Ave. (305) 913-3200 ($$ - V, MC) Mediterranean Specializing in grilled meat and fish dishes, the restaurant also prepares Mediterranean-style pastas and appetizers.

Titanic Restaurant and Brewery
5813 Ponce De Leon Blvd. (305) 667-2537 ($ - V, MC, Amex). Pub/ Restaurant/ Bewery Tasty micro-brews, a vast menu to match with great Portobello sandwiches and shrimp po'boys and musical performances several nights of the week Hours: Sun- Thurs 11:30 am- 1 am/ Fri- Sat 11:30- 2 a.m.

Thai Orchid
317 Miracle Mile, . (305) 443- 6364 ($ - V, MC, Amex) Thai Reknown for its Pad Thai and Thai tea. Explore the typically Thai menu and don't be afraid to ask the knowledgeable waiters.

The Bar
172 Giralda Ave. (305) 442-2730 ($ - V, MC, Amex) Bar & Grill / Pub Formerly the Hofbrau Pub & Grill, this revamped historic eatery takes pride in its hamburgers and steak sandwiches. Open till the wee hours on weekends.

The Globe
377 Alhambra Circle. (305) 445-3555 ($$ - V, MC, Amex) Bar A see and be seen spot for singles and fun-seeking crowds. On weekends, live jazz or blues is served along with pizza, pasta and salads at this neighborhood eatery and bar, making it a popular evening spot with singles.

The Diner
1450 S. Dixie Hwy. (305) 669-2698 ($$ - V, MC, Amex) American Bistro/Diner A vast assortment of American Bistro food is featured in a neighborhood diner ambiance, with a happy hour and tapas at the bar, live piano music on weekends, and a weekend-long all-American brunch. Soups are served in large cappuccino-style cups, there are plenty of grilled items and steak comes bistro-style with frites.

The Palm
4425 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Village of Merrick Park. 786-552-7256 ($$$- V, MC, Amex) Steakhouse A classical white-tablecloth steakhouse features steaks, seafood and Italian specialty dishes. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. / Sat. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. / Sun. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Uva Restaurant & Lounge
2626 Ponce de Leon Blvd., (305) 476-8111. ($$ - V, MC, Amex) Mediterranean International menu with Mediterranean, French, and Caribbean influences like the mushroom-dusted Chilean Seabass with a Jamaican coconut and tomato. The belly dancing is still on every Friday and Saturday.

Villagio Ristorante
358 San Lorenzo Ave., in Village of Merrick Park Plaza. (305) 447-8144 ($$ - V, MC, AMEX) Italian An easy-going, happily noisy, family-friendly yet modern-looking indoor/outdoor space with a reasonably-priced Italian menu with great salads, thin-crusted wood oven pizzas; freshly made pastas; and a good selection of seafood, chicken and meat dishes.

Venevici
2312 Ponce de Leon. (305) 444-1919.($$ - V, MC, AMEX) International A fusion menu includes salads, crepes di frutti di mare, chicken breast Fiji style and French style as well as veal scaloppini and mahi-mahi sandwiches

Captain's Tavern
9621 South Dixie Hwy. (305) 666-5979 ($$ - V, MC, Amex) Seafood A variety of super fresh seafood, from grouper to lobster, is prepared simply to highlight its flavors, and is accompanied by one of the best wine lists in all of South Florida.
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